comfort is a lot more fun than speed and coolness I have learnt after a lot of years on the road . its raining pretty heavy and its dark and getting cold and you have a long way to get home some little luxury things like a full face helmet with a visor is nice you can do 90 mph in the rain not as good with a jet helmet a decent two piece water proof over suit good water proof boots and gloves make the world of difference ride 30 miles in just denim jeans and leather jacket you will be cold and miserable I prefer leathers to textile myself it's more breathable in the hot weather get them big enough to fit fleece warming layers under also base layers and good thermal socks for the cold . a practical bike with a top case and panniers a tank bag to carry all your essentials is nice so is sat nav a touring wind screen touring fareing is even better and hang guards or muffs and comfortable seat make things easier a centre stand is nice too I really wouldn't bother with a bike without one again . the best money you can spend starting out is on setting yourself up with decent helmet and clothing and at least a top case to securely carry your wets security lock road map and other stuff you will need o a daily basis and a good selection of tools at home study this Haynes manuals it give's a good guide on what you need to get started and a work shop manual for your bike to do your own repairs and maintenance . its better to buy a cheaper bike for a start but not a wreck just an older maybe less desirable model in good order well shod with fresh tyres and in no need of repair but remember the day you buy is the day you sell you don't want something too unfashionable that you will end up stuck with and set yourself up so your ready for all kinds of weather and ready to take change parts as the wear out . ask people who know their shit whats a good bike or you could just read the 1000 threads on hear no need to start your own start learning how to do the different jobs on your machine through youtube videos and reading the forums . take your time and ride smart and safe life is long but death is for eternity . no point in thinking your Kenny Roberts ( world champion road racer ) when you can only ride a bike like Kenny Rodgers ( country singer ) you will become unstuck maybe even fuck up your bike and soil your pants and get a little road rash . can Kenny Rodgers even ride a bike ?